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cost of every consumer item that buy. so ideal corporate tax would be zero. with his right, keith conversation of corporate tax. the house of representatives the to come in here for morning session. they are voting on continuing on appropriations bills, trying to get those done before they leave for the end of the week and vote on the deal struck in the white house. we'll go now to the house of epresentatives, live coverage here on c-span. from the eaker. the clerk: the speaker's rooms, washington, d.c. september 7, 2017. i hereby appoint the honorable joe barton to act as speaker pro this day. signed, paul d. ryan, speaker of the house of representatives. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the order of the house of january 13, 2017, the chair will now recognize members from this day. lists submitted majority and minority leaders for morning hour debate. the chair will alternate recognition between the parties.
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equally shall be allocated between the parties and in no event shall debate continue beyond 11:50 a.m. each member other than the majority and minority leaders e allocated between the parties nd in no event and minority whip shall be limited to five minutes. the chair recognizes the the gentlewoman from north carolina, ms. foxx, for five minutes. thank you, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, i rise today to recognize and say farewell to a member of the house committee on education and the work force aff who has dedicated more than 20 years of public service to the people's house. ed gilroy began his congressional career on the staff of former congressman rod chandler of washington, but most of us know him for his nearly 16 years of service as the
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committee's director of work force policy. ed led our efforts to expand access to affordable health care for small business employees, provide moms and dads more flexibility in the workplace, and protect the rights of workers and employers. when we think about the passage of the bipartisan pension protection act in 2006, and the multiemployer pension reform act of ed., we have to think ed gilroy has been a trusted advisor, dedicated public servant, distinguished colleague, and an invaluable member of our committee family. we're deeply grateful for his many years of service to ed. ed gilroy has been a trusted the r, dedicated american people and the u.s. house of representatives and we wish him all the best in the years ahead. mr. speaker, 25 years ago
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something monumental occurred for students and families who were seeking a new way to pursue a high quality education. 25 years ago our the american people nation's first charter school, the city academy, opened its doors in st. paul, minnesota. city academy began a new era for school choice and provided families with an alternative option to the traditional public school system. today over three million students are enrolled in charter schools and more than 6,800 have opened in over 40 states. charter schools are not only growing as an option for students, but these schools are also getting results. innovative charter schools are providing thousands of students and families with the hope and opportunity that they can receive a high quality education
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and gain the skills they need to succeed for the future. i congratulate city academy for being a true pioneer in school support years ago and the expansion of school choice for american students and families. support the expansion mr. speaker, i rise today to cvcc the efforts of the alexander furniture academy located in taylorsville, north carolina. this fantastic facility hosts a program where students are taught the basic skill levels required to gain employment as a sewing operator or uphole industry craftsman within the furniture trade. under the leadership of senate director mays and thanks to the generous scholarships awarded by many groups like craft master incorporated, ahfa, and others
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nearly 50 students have graduated and almost all are now employed. i wholeheartedly commend the furniture academy as well as all the sponsors for putting together a program that doesn't just teach valuable skills to would-be job seekers. but a program that literally helps individuals build the skills they need to succeed from the bottom up. in the last six months, students have crafted 90 sofas and chairs and 20 love seats which have been sold. the profits from the students' creations are invested in scholarships and help to keep the academy open. i commend the community college, alexanderer furniture academy teachers, staff, and students on this terrific program. i yield back.
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the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady yields back. the chair will now recognizes the gentlewoman from california, ms. bass, for five minutes. ms. bass: mr. speaker, i rise today to express my dissatisfaction at the majority's failure to allow consideration of amendments i proposed to the appropriations ll that includes funding for the f.a.a. the rules committee did not forward those items so my colleagues could consider and vote on them. my amendments represent beginning steps toward addressing what has become an intolerable level of noise from planes in my district. the amendments will not see debate in this body. however, despite the fact that noise affects the health, well-being, and economic livelihood of people in every part of the country, whether they are republicans or democrat. when congress directed the f.a.a. to update how we control our airways, we were promised by reworking the nation's airspace
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and using satellite technology instead of radars, our nation's flight system would become not only more efficient but cleaner and quieter. next generation systems were supposed to allow virtually automated air traffic control, eliminate circling overhead waiting for a landing slot, and facilitate smooth decent without noisy engine power. but planes would be able to stay higher longer. and f.a.a.'s published flight procedures would specify minimum altitudes over heavily populated areas meant to ensure effects on the ground were minimized. that is not what we government eight of the country's busiest and most complex metropolitan areas, called metroplexes, have seen next gwen implement plementation so far -- phoenix, north carolina, washington d.c. are a few of the victims who have decided to take legal action against the f.a.a. he d.c. circuit court recently
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ruled in the phoenix case noting that the f.a.a. had not paid enough attention to the effects of its actions. in every case, noise that used to be spread out across a wide area became concentrated ruled in the phoenix case over narrow corridors, visiting misery on those living below. the best analogy i can offer is this. imagine that all of the traffic using a six-lane highway was narrowed to a single lane, the concentration of that much traffic would surely cause considerable problems. that's exactly what happened in the southern california metroplex implementation. areas that used to see planes flying overhead every 15 minutes, now feel bombarded by flights as close together as three minutes or less. sometimes those planes and narrow high ways might get too close together. air traffic controllers have to keep minimum separation for alt safety of all involved, but in order to adhere to that narrow lane, controllers tell the pilots to go downward, sometimes they fly at half or less of what the minimum altitude is supposed to be. so planes that are supposed to
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fly at 6,000 feet may fly as low as 3,000 and frkcies of every three to five minutes. i hope you can appreciate that that noise is intolerable. film production of all kinds whether tv commercials, movies, or videos is major economic driver in my district. the neighborhoods of the 37th beenessional district have used to represent cities and towns across the continent. though you might not know t. aim sure you have seen both culver city and the historic west adams district built over 100 years ago in some of your favorite shows and movies. unfortunately the homes are directly under the new narrowed flight path. studios are complaining about having to move movie production from their back lots because of the noise. i have elderly constituents who have lived in their neighborhoods for decades and who rely on income from location filming to help them remain in their homes. film scouts have been told -- have told them that the frequent
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loud plane traffic makes it impossible to film there anymore. at this point, countless american and european health studies have demonstrated the harms that come from exposure to noise and much lower levels and experience by people on the ground. he arbitrary and outdated 65 decibel day-night level the f.a.a. uses to determine acceptable levels of exposure is calculated as an average sound of over a 24-hour period. parents with young children have told me that their kids' sleep patterns have been disrupted by unrelenting noise, enough to alter their academic performance. a health clinic serving the affected areas has begun to investigate whether a spike in reported health problems, including poor control of chronic conditions like hypertension, can be related to the constant exposure to excessive noise. the european union standard for noise exposure at night is half of the u.s. level and is still
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cause for health concerns there. in the absence of consideration of my amendments, i invite my colleagues to join me and nearly 40 other colleagues in the house quiet skies caucus, which is working to make progress on this important issue. my constituents and i know many of my colleagues' constituents, are suffering under the burden of excessive airplane noise as a result of the implementation of the f.a.a.'s next generation project. we cannot and must not sacrifice the health of those on the ground in the name of airline efficiency. thank you, mr. speaker. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the chair will now recognizes the gentleman from pennsylvania, mr. thompson, for five minutes. mr. thompson: thank you, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, during the august industry work period, i had the privilege of visiting c.p.i. in pleasant gap, pennsylvania. they are the central pennsylvania institute of science and technology. i was proud that my colleague, congress .man from illinois, was able to join me in the pennsylvania fifth district at
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c.p.i. on the first day of school. c.p.i. was founded in 1969 to meet the career and technical education needs of high school students by combining academics with technical training and industry recognized certifications. c.p.i. is uniquely poised to prepare students for rapid employment and long-term career success. c.p.i. offers more than 18 econdary programs, over 670 -- 60 in-house adult and education programs and more than 350 online courses. in addition to exceptional classroom and hands on instruction, from a highly qualified faculty, c.p.i. offers certifications in a wide range of disciplines, notable advantage to c.p.i. graduates and their employers. krishnamoorthi and i were there to talk about our bill. this house unanimously approved
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the bill in june and i call on the united states senate to make it a priority for this fall. mr. speaker, our bill is to first major overhaul to the carl d. perkins technical education act in more than 10 years. the bipartisan legislation strengthens an improves career technical education and gives americans the skills they need to compete for in-demand jobs. this can be witnessed first hand at c.p.i. this november c.p.i. will launch a new two-year degree program. natural gas compression, c.a.t. and associate of specialized technology. the program is in partnership with the cleveland brothers, a pennsylvania based caterpillar dealer, and the world's leading manufacturer of natural gas depressors. c.p.i. is currently accepting students for a november 28, 2017 start date. of only two programs
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of its kind nationwide. many the compressors and cat engines are located in oil and gas fields throughout the world. graduates of c.p.i.'s natural gas compressor degree program will have opportunity to work locally, nationally, and globally. cleveland brothers r.e.l. and gas industry partners will be interviews the of only two prog of n.g.c. students after the first term. if prehired by the program's industry part next students will receive company sponsored tuition reimbursement. mr. speaker, this is exactly the type of career and technical education investments we should be making and encouraging. by educating americans in high demand fields that can climb rungs on the ladder of opportunity and obtain family sustaining jobs. i'll continue to advocate for these important reforms that americans from all walks of life. i urge the senate to take up our bill without delay. it is important to close the skills gap americans from all walks and give every american a chance at having a fulfilling career. i want to thank my colleague,
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congressman krishnamoorthi, for traveling to pennsylvania to see this program in action. i want to thank the staff of c.p.i. for not only hosting us on the first day of school but working to educate students in their chosen fieldsfields. mr. speaker, i urge the senate to act on this bipartisan bill without delay because it is critically important to closing the skills gap in this country and above all else it's a win for the american worker. and the american families. let's help all americans learn to earn. thank you, mr. speaker. i yield back the balance of my time. . the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the chair will now recognize the gentleman from rhode island, mr. cicilline, for five minutes. if i mispronounced it i apologize. mr. cicilline: thank you, mr. speaker. r. speaker, two weeks ago army specialist matthew was killed in fort carson, colorado. he was a life-long resident of
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rhode island. he joined the army two years ago and was assigned to the fourth infantry division. he died a hero, having earned numerous medals, including the army achievement medal and the global terrorism medal. and hundreds gathered in providence to give him a hero's farewell. all of us know that our country owes an enormous debt of gratitude to those who have served and especially to those who made the ultimate sacrifice. my thoughts are with his family today, especially his wife, megan, and his parents, raymond and liza. mr. speaker, i also want to spend a moment to speak about president trump's decision to terminate the deferred action for childhood arrivals program. this is the most cruelest presidential actions in recent memory. this was a shameful moment for our country. america has always stood as a beacon of freedom and opportunity but not right now. the daca program has allowed nearly 800,000 dreamers to
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work, study and serve their communities and nation. that includes nearly 1,300 dreamers in my home state of rhode island. the dreamers are workers and taxpayers. they pay $3 billion in taxes each year, including $2.65 million in my home state. and contribute $470 million to medicare. they didn't choose to come here. they were brought here by their parents as very young children. they love this country. they share our values. they're contributing to their communities every single day. they're young men and women like a 22-year-old rhode islander who came here from guatemala when she was 7 years old. she was later accepted to rhode island college where she's paying out of pocket today to pursue a degree in teaching. leslie works at cal cut middle school in central rhode island who helps kids who need
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behavioral and emotional support. she will have to give up this dream unless congress acts. the same is true of anna molina, a 27-year-old rhode islander who came to the united states when she was 6 years old. today anna works at a health center and has dreams going back to school to become a surgical technologist. like so many dreamers, anna doesn't remember much of the country where she was born. she considers herself an american. so does javier juarez, a young man who graduated from rhode island college and starting at brown university this fall. his dream is to one day to attend harvard law scoofment he has living in rhode island for 18 years old. he couldn't drive before daca. now he is the first member of his family to graduate from a four-year university. he will have to give up his dreama unless congress acts. and finally mara bell who came here at the age of 9.
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just days later when president obama established daca, maribel's opportunities became limitless. she was able to attend the community college of rhode island while working three separate jobs and after earning an associates degree she enrolled at johnson wells university and her dream is to earn a masters degree in health administration. who among us thinks if someone who works three jobs shouldn't be able to follow their dream? this is just cruel. president trump is ripping apart hundreds of thousanananann families and injecting chaos and uncertainty into the lives of members of our community who know no other home than america. if congress doesn't replace daca with the dream act, it will result in $460 billion in lost economic activity over the next decade, including $61 million in rhode island. republicans in congress need to bring the dream act to the floor right now. we need a permanent solution, and i'm proud to be a co-sponsor of the bipartisan
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dream act. we need to bring that bill to the floor. every republican who disagrees with president trump's actions needs to tell speaker ryan to bring the dream act to the floor. this congress must act in a manner worthy of a country that has inspired these young dreamers and pass the dream act without delay. with that, mr. speaker, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the chair wishes to apologize to the gentleman. the correct pronunesation of his name is cis-- pronunciation of his name is cicilline. the chair recognizes the gentleman from tennessee, mr. duncan, for five minutes. mr. duncan: thank you, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, on september 4, four days ago, "the new york times" international edition carried a story entitled "the empire stopper" which said foreign powers have tried to control afghanistan since the 19th century. the story had a very interesting first paragraph. quote, when the american author james a. mitchner went to
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afghanistan to research his work of historical fiction caravans it was 1955 and there were barely any roads in the country. yet, there were already americans and russians there jockeying for influence. continuing the "times" quote, later, the book "afghan protag nist" would tell an american diplomat that both america and russia would invade afghanistan and both would come to regret it, unquote. mitchner wrote that 62 years ago. since then afghanistan has been described many times as the graveyard of empires. this 17-year war in afghanistan has always been more about money than anything else, and it should have been ended long ago. many people wonder why we keep sending so many soldiers and military contractors to iraq and afghanistan. well, it has always been about money, increased appropriations for the defense department and huge profits for the
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contractors which hire retired admirals and generals. there have been so many examples of waste, fraud and abuse in these middle east wars that it is sickening. one recent example was reported this way by "newsweek." quote, u.s.-based sally port global has been accused by two internal investigators of smuggling alcohol, stealing, keeping two different account ledgers and even human rafficking of prostitutes. by having an almost $700 million contract to protect an air bass in iraq, the associated press reported wednesday. that's the end of the quote. military bases should be protected by military personnel, not highly paid contractors. but most members of congress are afraid to criticize anything the defense department does for fear of someone saying they are not supporting the troops. we now have an over 11,000 troops in afghanistan, and probably that many or more
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contractors in addition to no telling how many federal civilian employees. then we are also paying more than 330,000 afghan military and police personnel. the international community is now providing 60% of the afghan g.d.p. and almost all these so-called peacekeeping really u.n. wars, the u.s. taxpayers are paying over 90% of the cost. when the so-called coalition bombs go astray, killing civilians and women and children, they are really seen by the locals as being u.s. bombs, creating even more hatred and resentment for our country. we have now had almost 2,500 young american soldiers killed in afghanistan, and 20,000 wounded, many maimed for life. we've spent $1 trillion directly on this war, and even more indirectly. mr. speaker, the american people don't want forever permanent wars. this afghanistan folly has lasted four times longer than world war ii.
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we should have come home a long time ago. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the chair now recognizes the gentleman from oregon, mr. lumenauer, for five minutes. mr. blumenauer: we will miss you, mr. duncan, and your resolute focus on many of these fundamental principles. mr. speaker, yesterday i was standing next to john lewis as we joined our democratic colleagues from the house and the senate, delivered a spirited message of resolve to fight donald trump's cruelty towards almost 800,000 young americans and, of course, several million other members of their family, their friends, their employers who all had their lives turned upside down by trump's senseless, unnecessary decision. strange for somebody who professes to love the dreamers.
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who's caught in his own trap, didn't know what he was doing, trying to pass responsibility for his decision onto others. but of course that's sort of what we've come to expect from someone who appears to care only for himself. he was afraid even to deliver the message himself. typical of donald trump, he outsourced the decision delivery to jeff sessions who he spent most of the summer demeaning. now, i think there's a simple solution. take it back. donald trump is famous for mulligans on the golf course, doovers if he didn't like the shot, he'd just do it again. let's declare a daca mulligan. take it back. yes, it might look foolish but that really hasn't stopped him before. in the meantime, the outrage bills, the community of faith,
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the business community, people across the country who are understanding the lunacy of this decision, its unfarrance but the most telling and -- unfairness but the most telling is the young dreamers themselves. my colleagues have delivered this message with people they've heard from in their districts. i have countless ones that have been shared with us. jamie, a 31-year-old father of two, a daca recipient, was 12 when his family fled the united states to escape poverty and corruption. and for nine years, he's dedicated his life to helping young people cope with these challenges, who he's working with young people impacted by the issue concerned about their mental health and their well-being. eddie arrived from mexico as a 1-year-old baby. he really didn't understand the
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impact of being undocumented until he applied for college and was not eligible for federal assistance. but eventually he attended and graduated from portland state university and he's become the first undocumented student admitted to oregon health science university school of dentistry, scheduled to graduate next year. and wants to be able to serve the community that raised him. carla, 4-year-old arrival, currently a student but whose concern is the message that is being sent to others that she works with because daca recipients are not all young professionals or valedictorians. some work in fast food restaurants and struggling to get through community college. she makes the point that some may call her a dreamer, but she
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felt the real dreamers were her parents who had the dream for her and fought to come to this country to raise her and give her the opportunity to work, attend school and live without fear of deportation. these are compelling stories, mr. speaker, but the ones that i guess -- the one that stands out in my mind most clearly was one of my first meetings after the election and i was meeting with a number of the young dreamers, listening to their concerns, their apprehensions and the concern just stopped with one young man who just said, what country should i go to? he had choices to go to canada or europe. he was an accomplished student, ambitious. what country should i go to? i must admit at the time i counseled him to not give up on the united states too quickly.
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i wonder what he thinks today. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the chair now recognizes the gentleman from georgia, mr. ferguson, for five minutes. mr. ferguson: thank you, mr. speaker. i rise today in honor of one of the third district's most -- one of the most upstanding citizens, mr. cliff glover. mr. glover passed away last month at the age of 104 but not before touching countless lives in our community. his community service began at a young age in the boy scouts, an organization he would work with for the rest of his life, earning the rank of life scout and the silver antelope award for his service to the organization. mr. glover also served his nation in the civil engineer corps of the u.s. naval reserve during world war ii, working on the u.s. naval air station in jacksonville, florida, now known as cape canaveral. in the private sector, mr.
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cliff successfully led the construction company as it built many important buildings throughout the southeast. i consider myself blessed to have known mr. glover personally and his commitment to serving others helped inspire my own public service. i want to challenge all of my colleagues, friends and neighbors to carry on his legacy of serving others. thank you, mr. speaker. i yield back. . the speaker pro tempore: the chair now recognizes the gentleman from oregon, mr. defazio, for five minutes. mr. defazio: i was just reading a message from citizens for on-time flights. i fly a lot. more.ve to be on time talking about our aviation system here, air traffic control is a world war ii relic saying if we only would give it over to the private
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sector, i.e. the airlines, it would work talking about our aviation system here, air traffic control is better. let's see. couple of things wrong with that statement. number one, the greatest problem with air delays is weather. actually, we're dealing with that technologically through a new system called data comm, where at our 55 busiest airports, the pilots and air traffic controllers now can communicate by text and they don't have to repeat over and over on the radio the messages. many fewer misunderstandings, easier to reroute. this has been implemented by the f.a.a. what's the number two cause? oh, it's airline operations and scheduling. the airlines themselves. they are the second greatest cause of delays. so it turns out that citizens for on-time flights is actually funded by a group of airlines. now, what's the bottom line here? do we have a world war ii relic as gary cohn said as he read some of this?
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no. actually we have the most advanced system in the world. we could fly planes tid today closer together -- today closing together using g.p.s. technology and not use the older radar system, except the system is up and running, except the airlines won't pay to put the equipment in their planes. they say it's too expensive. so they are complaining about the f.a.a. saying they could do a better job, they could do it they could flyy, planes close together, but they won't invest the equipment. it's very expensive. for instance, american airlines would have to spend 40%, 40% of last year's baggage fees to equip every one of their planes so they could use this modern system. 40% of their baggage fees. what a hit. 7 now, what's the bottom line here? bottom line is we fund the current system, the largest,
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most complex, most advanced in the world with a tax on the ticket. progressive tax, the more you pay for your ticket, the more you pay for air traffic control, 7 1/2% tax. for years of the airlines have said to me that's our money. what do you mean? i pay a tax on t that's our money, we should have it. a few years ago when the f.a.a. bill expired for two weeks because of a chairman named john mica, every airline in america except for one when the 7 1/2% tax went away for two weeks, in america skep alaska airlines raised their ticket prices 7 1/2%. what's the bottom of line of this bill? this bill going to be pushed by the republicans over here, would repeal the in america skep alaska airlines raised their ticket prices 7 7 1/2% tax. that would be a $10 billion windfall for the aviation industry. then what? how are we going to pay for it? the private corporation will decide. congress will have nothing to say about how it's paid for and it will be paid for with a head tax. so you get on the plane.
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they'll say it's 50 bucks to sit in that seat to use the public airspace of the united states of america. that's how the corporation is going to pay for t a head tax. we go from a progressive tax to a regressive tax, if you buy a $50 ticket, you are going to pay 50 bucks to sit in the seat so it's now 100. $3.p ou would have paid 5. it's not about bringing the system up to date. they have done a great job with this propaganda. and the chairman of the committee has done a great job. paper scripts, they use tape paper strips in the traffic control towers. we do. it works real well. we replace them in the en route centers. we haven't replaced them yet in the towers. it's worked forever, it's efficient. we're going to go to electronic flight strips and do it in a way that will improve the efficiency of the system.
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canada has electronic flight strips, they did it for billing purposes, they charge per flight they don't and are not going to have the new system we have which can sort out all the planes by their future routes, everything as they depart from the airport and it will be way more efficient. actually the f.a.a. is doing an extent length job. seven, 10 years ago i never would have said that. they have gotten straightened out over seven years. andy babbitt and others have got it straightened out. it's working today. there is a g.a.o. report which i'm releasing today which the republicans 2r50eud to -- tried repress which says the system is on time, on budget, and in fact privatization repress whic the modernization of the system. so -- the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. mr. defazio: the republicans will push for a bill that will set us back instead of moving us forward into the so -- 21st century o tempore: air traffic control system.
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the speaker pro tempore: charity will now recognize the gentleman from texas -- the chair will now recognize the gentleman from texas, mr. olson, for five minutes. 21st century mr. speaker, two weeks ago a monster hurricane category 4 named harvey hit my home, it hit us very hard. two days after the first blow, it hit us once again. reversed course, hit us twice in the span of two days. schools, our , and the homes, pets lives of over 50 texans. but there's one thing that harvey can never take from us and that is we are houston strong.
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houston strong is the smith family. annie was going into labor as her apartment was being swallowed up by floodwaters. she and her husband were doctors. they prepared to have a home first child.heir their phone calls for help were unanswered. annie called her church and within an hour a rescue truck drove up. that's her right there being assisted on the rescue truck an hour after she made that call. 12 hours later their phone calls for help were their family grew by one. their daughter was born. the smith family
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the smith family is houston strong. ouston strong is buster stoker and the cajun navy. buster and his buddies from louisiana brought 14 boats to rescue others of our disaster. he said, and i quote, there were a loft submerged cars and street signs underneath us, end quote. march nded buster of the shess -- marshes of home. he rescued over 100 people seven by seven. buster, the cajun navy, are ouston strong. houston strong are our first responders, police officers, firemen, e.m.s. drivers, our military, the entire texas
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national guard. first responders include normal everyday texans like this man carrying a mother and her baby out of harm's way. texans are houston strong. two days ago i took a helicopter tour of the damage with leader mccarthy. the crew of our coast guard helicopters rescued 2,000 people in harm's way. i'm sure this scene was played out over and over and over inside those helicopters. a neighbor glad to be alive, her hand resting on a rescuer's shoulder. our first responders are houston
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trong. houston strong is the thousands of volunteers who have been in shelters, churches, schools all throughout southeast texas. anent to this high school in independent school district. this is up and running within 24 hours of getting the go order. they had food, water, toiletries, clothes, and a smile . i saw on those people who lost everything smile after smile after smile because the volunteers at shelters like this high school.
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shelters are houston strong. i saved the best for last. his young boy's name is jay w. clay burn the fourth. he lives in my district, richmond, texas. his young boy's photo is what i have tried today these last five minutes. yes in closing i'll say we are america strong, texas strong, and houston is stronger because what i have tried today these last five minutes. yes in closing the speaker pro tempore: the chair now wishes to recognize the gentlewoman from illinois, ms. kelly, for five minutes. ms. kelly: thank you, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, i rise today hurri.
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i yield back. to condemn in the strongest possible terms the president's end the deferred action for childhood arrival program, also known as daca. this issue should be very simple. these are children who were brought here by their parents through no fault of their own. they grew up without kids, attended the same schools, played on the same playgrounds, and learned to drive in our neighborhood. these kids are americans in their heart and minds just not on paper yet. beyond that my faith and my conscience, my understanding of basic economics prevents me from supporting this cruel and inhumane decision by president trump. if we're to love our neighbors as ourselves, we must remember that we, too, were once strangers in a strange land. many of us have our own immigrant story. stories of how we became americans. my family's story begins like many of yours, my great grand father was born in austria in 1881, and my great grandmother was born in ukraine in 1882.
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they got married and knew they could find a better life in america. so in 1906 they took a chance and came to america arriving on november 1, 1906. they settled in northumberland county, pennsylvania, because other ukranians already lived there. they joined the community, worked hard, went to church, raised a family of americans, including my grandmother. my great grandparents' story is of america. it's the story of immigration and immigrant families dreaming of weighter life and making america great. it's the same story repeated 24 brought it when mary to gas glow on may 2, 1930. nine days later she arrived in new york with $50 in perfect her pocket. 86 years later her son elected president of the united states of america. at the age of 7 a young woman left cuba, fleeing communism, in 1989 she became the first latina
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elected to congress, it is a to serve with her. one was born in slow viva, she became a permanent resident then a citizen of the united states. this young lady born in southeastern in slovenia now lives in d.c. as the first lady ne was born in slow of the united states of america. daniel, one of my constituents who i help with his daca status, he works hard, pays his taxes, loves his country as much as any other american. so many great americans are americans by choice not by birth. this has made america the greatest, strongest, wealthiest country in the world. we can attract the best, the brightest, the most driven, and the moats talented. -- most talented. people like dr. elizabeth stern was born in canada, but in 1915 became an american. she drove forward our ability to detect and treat cancer. author e.m. rand, a favorite of the speaker, was born in 1905 in russia and came to the united states in 1926.
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actress natalie portman born in 1981 jerusalem who came to the u.s. as a toddler. alonzo was born in mexico but died last week as an american hero working to save lives during hurricane harvifment at the last olympics, americans born in places like australia, kenya, and poland brought home nine medals including two gold for the united states. these stories are all the same. they came to america seeking a better life and future. they contributed to our society and culture. they made america great. margaret and metro's story is america's story. america's story is mary ann's story and daniel's story. this is the story of us. the story of america. it's a story that no president's pen can erase. america's story is melania's, and the story of albert. we're america and we're here to stay. no matter where you were born, we're america and we're here to stay. no matter what language you
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speak to your mom in, we're america and we're here to stay. we're america and we're here to stay because america's story is our story. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady yields back. members are reminded to refrain from engaging in personalities towards the president. the chair now wishes to recognize the gentleman from illinois, mr. hogan, for five minutes. mr. hultgren: thank you, mr. speaker. i rise today full of sorrow and hope for those caught in the sick sigele of addiction of heroin and opioids. it is taking aim at americans across the contry, young and old, rich and poor, rural, urban. than is this more true in the chicagoland area, a hub for drug trafficking spreading across northern illinois, midwest, and united states. the counties of chicago have felt it strongly. this year in will county alone there have about 61 accidental overdose than in the chicagoland area, a hub for drug trafficking spreading across cases and 44 deaths from heroin and fentanyl. this is an extremely discouraging pace surpassing
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previous years. the numbers are similar across the seven counties that i represent in the 14th congressional district. stories have been long untold and it continues to gain national attention. it still haunts our communities today. i got involved in this issue three years ago when i got involved with one and together we launched our action plan on heroin and analysis of our leadership forum on the problem, an audit of existing and proposed community partnerships and next steps for our community and the county. in the years following this issue, i hosted meetings with law enforcement officers, treatment center workers, advocates for patients and lost loved ones, state and local government officials, emergency room physicians, pharmacists and drug manufacturers. last month my staff and i traveled throughout mchenry and lake counties to hear from local officials firsthand who are experiencing this plague every single day. law enforcement first responders are in the front
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lines fighting drug traffickers and dealers. they're also saving lives by reviving abusers in the midst of an overdose through the use of that lockson. t's -- naloxone. it's now in the hands of law enforcement officers. many lives have been spared by this use. but these numbers don't tell the whole story. countless other lives and others live and struggle to fight heroin and opioid abuse every day in search of treatment and battling towards recovery. they know what it's like to face an overwhelming force controlling their lives. it affects their relationships, it reaffects their outlook on life, it affects their ability to obtain and keep quality jobs. local officials express great concern at the loss of work forse and the many months and years of career advancement and experience those caught in addiction have lost. businesses are concerned by their search for qualified workers that don't yield enough
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or any applicants. families are concerned that without adequate outpatient treatment their loved ones are far more likely to relapse, compounding these work force and community problems. that's why among other programs lake county law enforcement has worked hard to implement the away out program. police officers and this was' deputies come into regular contact with those caught in heroin and opioid abuse, sometimes seeing the same offenders in police stations and prisons several times a month. many of these men and women want to be free but don't know how, and a police officer is the last person they think to ask for help. a way out empowers police officers and opioid users to work together to end the destructive cycle of abuse, dependency, arrests and relapse. the program is simple. those who seriously want help can ask for it from a police officer or at a police station and can receive help without fear of arrest or inability to pay for treatment.
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officers who see the destruction of opioids every day want to help. all that's required is for the person seeking treatment to choose the path of recovery. individual motivation is essential to success. as of last summer, 15 people at eight different police departments have taken advantage of this initiative. similarly due page county, a prearrest program through which individuals have been administered narcan are provided treatment options and a case manager to see these men and women through to recovery. i'm so encouraged and proud of the success stories i hear throughout the 14th congressional district every day. hope is near when those in recovery see a vision of what their life can be like after dependency, a life filled with healthy relationships, challenging and meaningful work and a clear sense of individual purpose. we must do all we can to offer this hope to those still suffering from heroin and opioid addiction. connecting affected individuals with the people and organizations best equipped to
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help them is paramount to overcoming this devastating epidemic. it remains my goal to make northern illinois the hub of the best minds and practices of opioid abuse prevention, recovery. i look forward to sharing these best practices and recommendations across other congressional districts and the communities that we are here to serve and ultimately to see lives saved. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the chair now recognizes the gentleman from massachusetts, mr. kennedy, for five minutes. mr. speaker, we all suffer when this country breaks its promises but for our children, that cost compounds. they pay the interest on our inaction and inadequacy. they pick up the pieces of the precious things that we broke, the sacred resources we took for granted, the battles that
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we were too afraid to fight. d time and again, by choice, by chance they have not disappointed. their broad shoulders carry twice as much twice as far. their spines prove twice as sturdy of the adults meant to protect them. american history is littered the names of young men and women and even boys and girls forced to be heroes before their time. patriots of d-day, memorialized in a statue called the spirit f youth in normandy. 14-year-old emmett till lynched on a lie. anna mae collins, cynthia wesley, cal robertson, all 14, carol denise mcnair, 11, four
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choirs girls lost at the 16th street baptist church bombing in alabama. the children's crusade, little ys and girls, kids who dared attack dogs, to be arrested and rearrests again and again as a nation recoiled in horror. nine african-american high school students, high school students from little rock who marched into an all-white high school to prove that separate is not equal, four college students from kent state who gave their lives to a war-weary nation's plea for peace. 13-year-old ryan white from indiana who showed our nation that an h.i.v. diagnosis does not claim your dignity. record number of men and women under the age of 21 who showed
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up at military recruiting stations in 2001, signing up to serve a nation reeling from terror on its soil. 19-year-old zack wolf who told us that love is love as he bravely defended his two moms before the iowa state legislature. 17-year-old lila perry from missouri who withstood the sting of stigma by being true to herself and her gender identity. 31-year-old alonzo guillan, who traveled from safety into the heart of hurricane harvey's fury on a volunteer rescue mission who gave his life so that others, strangers might survive. his courage and sacrifice exemplified the best traits of
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our nation. they place them squarely on the long list of american heroes who carried us toward a more perfect union. but this week president trump slammed the door on 800,000 people, like alonzo, dreamers, children raised in our neighborhoods who run on our playgrounds, who pitch in our little leagues, who proudly march in fourth of july parades, who make lemonade stands, build snow men and go to prom and get summer jobs, who hit the books, who earn a living, who raise families of their own, who serve in our military, who give to this country just as much, just as faithfully as you or i. our president told them they are not wanted, that he'd rather see them in handcuffs, their families ripped apart, their futures in limbo,
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strangers in a strange land. mr. speaker, sometimes this body has to make hard choices. sometimes our solutions are complex. this is not one of those times. this one is easy. our work comes down to a very simple question. what are we willing to ask our children to bear? we have the power in this body to say, not this, not again. we will not ask the youngest among us to force our country's conscience to awake because the burden that we, adults in the room, place on their shoulders. we can do better. we can be braver. we can change the course of that history. we will not stand here and leave it to future generations to wonder why we allowed such harm to pass. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the chair now recognizes the gentlelady from guam, ms. ordallo, for five minutes.
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. bordallo: mr. speaker, yesterday i introduced a resolution with 21 of our colleagues from both sides of the aisle condemning the threats north korea made against guam last month. you can imagine the fear that we had during this period. but also reaffirming the united states absolute and unshakeable commitment to guam's security as well as that of the pacific states, the territories and our asia pacific allies. this threat, mr. speaker, against guam and indeed our entire nation was inexcusable and it demands firm condemnation from this house of representatives. my resolution sends a clear
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message that north korea's continued willful disregard for u.n. resolutions, international agreements, sanctions and arms controls in pursuit of its illicit nuclear weapons program will not go unanswered by our government. i remain fully confident in the defensive capabilities on guam and in our region, but it is vital that we do all that we can to prevent a military conflict with north korea and ensure that its regime does not continue down this path of ecesan destabilizing nuclear militarization. i want to thank my colleagues who have co-sponsored this resolution with me, and i hope that the house leadership will quickly bring it to the floor for consideration and urge all the members to support it.
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on a separate topic, mr. speaker, i also want to echo my democratic colleagues in calling for the house to quickly take up a permanent legislation solution such as the dream act, h.r. 3440, and lift the veil of anxiety that's been placed on nearly 800,000 dreamers who live in and contribute to our community. i know one of those dreamers on guam. her name is christine. she's a registered nurse on our island and works every day to save lives in our community. and it is easy, mr. speaker, to hear the number 800,000 and forget that these dreamers are real people. they are individual children or young adults who study in our schools. they work. they pay taxes.
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so can you imagine how disruptive this must be in their homes? they are our neighbors, our co-workers, our children's classmates and friends. they are first responders, service members, reservists, national guards men, active military that serve on the front lines in our military. they are nurses and doctors, business owners and entrepreneurs, and all dreamers contribute to the fabric of our great country of america. so i hope that we will give these dreamers the security of knowing that they will not be deported from the country that they love and have called home for most of their lives. they are americans in all but paper, and we should treatment them with the same compassion and love that they have for our great country. thank you and i yield back. .
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the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the gentleman from texas, mr. veasey, for five minutes. mr. veasey: mr. speaker, i was privileged to see something very special back in december of 1995 in texas high school sports history. now before you think this is a story of friday night lights, it's not. this happened on the hard wood court of the wilkerson activity center in southeast fort worth. four coaching legends on the court, all with 1,000 wins each, rgan wooten of dematha catholic high school, ralph of new mexico, and bill of clear lake high school just outside of houston, and coach robert hughs senior catholic high of dunbar high sc located in stop six, texas, they squared off in an extraordinary basketball game. and i would be remiss if i didn't mention that of these
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four coaching legends, coach hughs has the most wins. mr. speaker, friday, september 8, will mark another special moment for coach hughs as he's inducted into the basketball hall of fame in springfield, massachusetts. growing up in fort worth and having lived part of my childhood in stop six, i knew of hughes at a very young hughes age. he was a legend before he retired. he is and was a master basketball strategist, coach, mentor to the boys he coached, nd most prominent ambassador for high school sports in the state of texas. and when you go to a basketball game, a dunbar basketball game, and watch coach hughs work his craft, you ended up watching coach hughs as much as you watch the action on the floor. i saw this as a player that not only played against coach hughes but also a spectator and fan for many, many years. hughes and his long-time trusted assistant fielded some great
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teams to rack up over 1,300 victories. these wins were racked up at dunbar high school and i.m. terrell high school which was shut down after desegregation. coach hughs would pace the floor while his teams ran up and down the court with a swift pace. he usually gave them lots of latitude to make -- he usually gave them lots of latitude when they made mistakes he felt could have been avoided by using better judgment, it didn't matter if you were the star point guard or sixth man. he would stand up from the bench and coach hughs always had his jacket unbuttoned. disapproval on his face that was unmistakable, would he look down the bench, and i'm going to say he would look down the bench with his signature look of tough love, and you knew you were being pulled out of the game. there wasn't anything your mom or dad could do for you. and that was the type of coach that coach hughs was. coach hughs earned the dedication of his players because of the excellence that
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he expected each and every day. ill neafer forget in one tournament in fort worth when dunbar was playing oak hill academy from virginia. oak hill had at least five or six guys that were all over 6'8". three of which went on to major division i careers, university of virginia and kansas. and everybody at the gym that night, because coach hughs didn't have anybody over 6'5", 6'6", everybody thought coach hughs was outwatched. with superior rebounding, patience, and good shot selection, dunbar won the game. i was there and i remember vividly remember the audience being shocked but inspired by the victory, but no one should have been surprised. once a reporter asked coach hughs who his favorite nba player was and it surprised everybody when he said larry bird was his favorite player. the reason why he? liked larry legend rebounding, fundamentals, blocking outs, scoring, the type of things that may not have been fancy but led
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to victories. but that's who coach hughes was. that was the kind of excellence robert hughes brought to coaching in fort worth i.s.d. and boys basketball in the state of texas. and due to that fierce competitive streak and coach hughes' dunbar teams they always made the playoffs. ill neafer forget one day he was quoted in the paper saying that the people that worked in the neighborhood, that worked at the various jobs around town and general motors and miller brewery and lockheed, they would always save up their vacation time so they could go to the quarterfinal and regional games in midland because everybody knew that dunbar was going that far. he could say that because it was true and his teams could back it up. and i'll never forget one year hen dunbar didn't make it that far. and coach hughes shared his scouting report with another school, i believe it was southwest high school, he shared his scouting report with the coach from southwest of the team they were getting ready to take on with the playoffs because he felt at least the other team in
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the fort worth independent school district should have the chance to advance. that is the kind of class act he was on the court and he still is off the court today. and the man that he made, mr. speaker, his former players include current winning high school basketball coaches, one of the top all-time assist leaders in high school and college sports history, james sh, an i.m. terrell graduate who was the first plaque player in the southwest conference who went on to chair the harvard m.b.a. program. in state known for its friday night lights, mr. speaker, there is not sage other person in high school sports that exemplifies this like coach hughs. with this i'm humbled with an opportunity to recognize the next member of the basketball hall of fame, coach robert hughes. congratulations, coach hughes. go wildcats. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the chair now recognizes the ntleman from california, mr.
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mcclintock, for five minutes. mr. mcclintock: thank you, mr. speaker. two weeks after the 2016 election, i spoke on the house that the warned greatest single obstacle to meeting the expectations of the american people was the cloture rule in the senate. i said voters elected republican majorities in both houses of congress and they expect action. they'll get it from the president and from the house. but in order for the senate to rise to this occasion t. must reform its cloture rule. it didn't. now, cloture is the senate motion to conclude debate. it's based on a sound parliamentary principle that as long as a significant minority, currently 40 members of the senate, want to continue to debate, that debate should continue. but this principle assumes it's an actual debate between real people regarding the merits of the subject directly at hand. that's not what cloture has become. today any senator can block virtually any bill simply by
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filing a protest and until 60 of the 100 senators agree to take up the bill, it cannot be heard. thus, a motion designed to protect debate has now degenerate food a motion that very effectively prevents debate. it also hands prack tickle control of the senate to the democratic minority, which can effectively veto any proposal by the majority, essentially reversing the result of the last election. this is not some act of god or constitutional constraint that's been forced upon the senate. no, this is a deliberate choice by senate republicans not to reform their cloture rule. it has rendered the senate the nctional and with it congress. this year the senate briefly recognized this and chose to reform cloture for supreme court nominations but not for the legislation absolutely vital to the interests of our country. the news yesterday that the president has now this year the briefly recognized this and
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chose to reform cloture for supreme court had to capitulate democratic demands on the debt limit should come as no surprise. by failing to reform cloture, senate republicans have effectively given chuck schumer operational control of the senate. that's how we got wrapped around the acts on repealing and replacing obamacare. the house could have passed a comprehensive bill that completely and completely abolished obamacare and fully replaced it with all of the market and tax reforms that republicans agreed with and campaigned on. popular reforms that put consumers back in charge of their health care decisions and placed those decisions within their financial reach. instead, the house leadership chose to attempt this through a budget process called reconciliation, a process completely unsuited for complex policy reform. they did so for one reason. to bypass the senate cloture rule. by adhering to the very limited and restricted requirements of budget reconciliation, the house produced a mangled, tangled mess that fell well short of the reforms we had promised and
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ultimately failed to receive even a simple majority of the senate. those who supported this process argued that a clean complete competitive bill would have been dead on arrival in the senate for lack of democratic votes for cloture. i doubt that. quite the contrary. had the house done its job through regular order rather trying to cover for the senate republicans' bad choice, one of two things would have happened. senate democrats would have been seen as the single obstacle to a popular comprehensive reform while obamacare continued to implode, and quite possibly eight of the most vulnerable democrats would ultimately have crossed party lines and supported this rescue of our health care system. or far more likely senate republicans would have been forced to come to the same conclusion that they came to with respect to the supreme court nomination of gorsuch and reform this rule. certainly we couldn't have been any worse off than we're today. i would ask that hence forth the
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house leadership stop covering for the senate republicans and move all of the legislation that we promised the american people to the senate through regular order. it is time we left the anagement of the senate to the senate. stop enabling their atrocious judgment on not reforming cloture, and made it very clear to the american public why the reforms they entrusted us to senate. stop enabling their atrocious judgment on enact aren't being sent to the president. senator dirksen once noted, when they feel the heat they see the light. it's time the house and the american people adopted this maxim. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the chair now wishes to recognize the gentleman from florida, mr. soto, for five minutes. it happened on a that night, august 18, sergeant sam howard and police officer matthew baxter responded to a report of three suspicious
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persons around conway street in kissimmee. i remember hearing about it. it was unfortunate because p a veteran, a marine, who lived in our community, had a moment of posttraumatic stress disorder and ambushed these two kissimmee police officers, killing one nearly instantly, and the other only a little over a day later. officer matthew baxter was 27 years old. he grew up in baltimore and moved to central florida after high school. he had been with the department for only three years. he met his wife, a detective of the police department on the job. he left behind his wife and four young children. the youngest under a year old. he was courageous and passionate
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in the devotion to public service and was known as a sharp dresser and as someone with overwhelming confidence. sergeant richard "sam" howard was 36 years old. born and raised in kissimmee. served in the army and fought in iraq. he was a 10-year veteran of the department and a member of our swat team. he left his wife, billy joe, and teenage daughter, unique, behind. my wife and i got to visit his wife's classroom and brought supplies to his -- her students knowing how difficult it was. he was a family man, hardworking, very optimistic, and quite the fast talker as was reminded by everybody during his wake. there are moments like these that test our will, our strength, our compassion. there are moments like these that test our community and even our faith.
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and more than we can ever imagine, there are moments like these that test the families of lieutenant sam howard and officer matthew baxter. we're here today and i'm on the floor today to proclaim allowed what we -- aloud a what we already know in our hearts are true. 2450es men were heroes and we will never forget their sacrifices. they are heroes because they got up every day and put on the kissimmee police uniform. they went out in our community every day to protect us. and yes, they put themselves in harm's way every day to keep us safe. these men are heroes because they are good family men. they were loving husbands, great fathers, and they were pillars of our community. and, yes, these men were heroes because when the moment came where they had to lay their lives on the line to protect our community, they did so without hesitation. for those reasons we will never
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forget lieutenant sam howard and officer matthew baxter. on august 21, 2017, an american flag was flown over our capitol in honor of sergeant howard. and on that same day an american flag was flown over our capitol in honor of officer baxter. these flags cannot take away the pain caused to their families. they cannot take away the pain caused to our community. to their fellow officers, and to the police department in general. they are flown over our capitol for a good matter. their sacrifices matter. and that their families matter. and for that they remain in our hearts. they remain in our thoughts and they will always be in our prayers. god bless lieutenant sam howard and officer matthew baxter and
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their families. god bless the city of kissimmee and god bless the united states of america. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the chair recognizes the gentleman from california, mr. vargas, for five minutes. thank you very much, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, i rise today to speak about the recent decision made by the trump administration to end the deferred action for childhood arrivals or the daca program. by ending the daca program this administration leaves 800,000 people, mostly young adults and children, without any legal protection. daca gives these individuals, most of whom were brought to the united states as very young children, the opportunity to work hard, study hard, sustain their families and contribute to their communities. daca recipients are taxpayers, they're students, they're soldiers and they are our
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neighbors. d like to mention one daca recipient that i know. her name is jacqueline. jacqueline was brought to the united states when she was 2 years old. she excelled in school, was an advanced individual determination, what we call an avid student in high school. she did very well. she was a strong candidate for admission to many of our top universities. when daca was announced in 2012, it helped jacqueline come out of the shadows and pursue her educational dreams. she did exactly that and now she's a double major and she's doing very, very well. daca gave jacqueline and her family hope for a better future. it gave her a chance at the american dream. by ending daca, this administrations taking away the hopes of 800,000mers drea like threatening their deportation to countries that are very unfamiliar to them.
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places they may have never of course, when they were 2, and they have no family there. and i'd like to thank the religious leaders that have come forward and have urged us to do the right thing and to pass a law to allow these kids and these young adults to stay here and participate in our community as they have been doing. i'd like to read a letter now that was written by the religious leaders here in washington to the president. this is their letter. as leaders of the three abrahamic faith, we look to our sacred text and tradition in seeking to foughtle way of peace. our respective teachings are clear and we speak with one voice when we say, supporting the dreams of young immigrants in the united states is consistent with the foundational values of our nation and with the moral imperative of extending hospitality to the stranger, of caring for immigrants and children and of loving our
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neighbors as ourselves. nearly one million young immigrants have benefited from daca program since its inception in 2012. among that number are many recipients of our respective faith communities as well as the communities we mentor in and around the nation's capital. we have witnessed firsthand the relief and pride in our young people's faces as they finally come out and feel validated and safe by participating in a program that made them feel more at home and the -- in the only country they have really ever considered their home. but now anxiety and fear for their future has returned. we know daca has widespread support across the can you think cun and among politicians who agree on little else but for good reason, daca has improved the lives of these young people and the communities they live. 95% of the daca fearpts are working or attending high school.
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68% have seen their pay increase and paying higher taxes. 50% have driver's license. 54% purchased their first car. and 12% have purchased their first home. rescinding daca would have widespread devastating impact not only on the nation of industryous young people but on our communities and society as a whole. we urge you, mr. president, to keep this policy in place until congress puts in place a permanent conclusion. it is our collective prayer that in the coming months congressional leaders work together to pass sensible and comprehensive immigration reform that our country so desperately needs, including making the daca program permanently. but until that time comes, the least that our country can do is to continue supporting our dreamers. keep daca in place, mr. president. faithfully and signed by the write mariam bishop of the
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episcopal diocese of washington. it's signed by rabbi bruce ustig, the senior rabbi of the hew brew and one at the nation's mosque. and archbishop of washington. colleagues, we can do the right thing. and we can pass comprehensive immigration reform and we should, but at least we can pass daca. i know, mr. speaker, there's good will on both sides. let's come together over this and do the right thing as our community leaders and our religious leaders are asking us. mr. speaker, thank you very much. and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the chair wishes now to recognize the gentleman from california, mr. aguilar, for five minutes. thank you, mr. speaker. today's not a good day for our
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nation. to date, 800,000 young people across this country are living in fear. they fear being ripped apart from the only home they've ever home. they fear being separated from their families. from their friends and from the lives they built here. they fear deportation, mr. speaker, and they live with this fear because president trump has decided that the federal government is going to break its promise and turn its back on dreamers. these are young men and women who did not break the law. they were brought to this country as children. who went to school here, who work here and who pay taxes here. the deferred action for childhood arrivals, our daca, brought these young people out of the shadows and offered them some relief. it gave kids who grew up here
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and who truly believe that america is their home the chance to lead normal lives and the chance to chase their dreams. the fact of the matter is, though, mr. speaker, that daca did not go quite far enough. dreamers are american by every nature except for their paperwork. and it's time that we offer them a path to citizenship. that is why i'm here today to call upon my colleagues to bring the dream act back to the floor for a vote. no policy riders, no packages, just a straight up or down vote. because if there are members of this chamber who still believe that dreamers should remain in the shadows and that they should not have a chance to join our nation as citizens, then they should stand up and be counted. many of my colleagues here come from all walks of life. they've charted their own path,
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however difficult it may be to join this house. dreamers have earned that chance to carve their own path too. they have earned the right to live without fear, in peace and as americans. passing the dream act is the right thing to do. it is the moral thing to do, and quite frankly, mr. speaker, it is the american thing to do. hank you and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the chair now recognizes the gentlewoman from california, ms. waters, for five minutes. ms. waters: i ask unanimous consent to revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, so ordered. ms. waters: mr. speaker, members, on august 26, hurricane harvey began a path of unprecedented destruction across southeast texas. the historic levels of rainfall were so extraordinary that the national weather service had to
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add new colors to its map graphics just to record it. as of august 30, it was estimated that 24.5 trillion gallons of water had been dumped over texas and louisiana. harvey is now being called the most extreme rain event in the united states history. year after year, the natural disasters that hit the united states are becoming more frequent and more severe, and democrats understand the root cause -- climate change. it is long overdufort president trump and the congressional republicans to admit the truth. quickly following the tragic news that harvey was on a path to cause catastrophic flooding in texas, president trump pledged to help pass the necessary financial aid to begin the long recovery but, of course, the president and members of congress all knew we
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had better not deny or delay funding for this very devastating natural disaster. the american people expected their government to quickly respond to harvey. however, we must understand that there are other laws and policies that must be protected. laws that determines what the congress can do and must do to assist our country with mitigation, preparedness, mapping and affordable national flood insurance. the nfip must be dealt with, must be understood. so mr. trump's previous record on the issue is appalling and is in direct contradiction to his latest pledge. just days before harvey made lawful, trump repealed an obama executive order that would have
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required the federal government to account for climate change so that infrastructure could be built to withstand catastrophic events. trump also sent congress a budget that cuts funding for programs that help us understand, prepare for and recover from storms like harvey. his budget slashes operations and funding for the national oceanic and atmospheric administration's climate research. it cuts $62 million from the weather service, eliminates the regional coastal resiliency grant. cuts coastal zone management grants, and cuts $190 million from the national flood insurance program's flood mapping program. trump's budget would also cut $114 million from the department of agriculture's disaster assistance that would help farmers recover livestock, crops and equipment that would be felt in texas where many
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farms are current under several feet of water. his budget also completely eliminates h.u.d.'s community development block grant and home programs, vital grant programs that serve as one of the first available sources of funding to help communities recover even before disaster relief funding can be appropriated from congress. what's more, trump's budget ould have cut $876 million from the federal emergency management agency's disaster relief fund, the very fund that he's now pledging billions of dollars to support. so we're pleased that he learned after the fact. all told, trump would cut billions of dollars for disaster preparedness and disaster relief programs. of course, he also appointed a known climate change denier to lead the environmental protection agency.
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so i for one am not surprised that this is where his priorities lie. the hypocrisy and shortsightedness do not end with donald trump. let us remember that many house republicans, including both texas senators, oppose disaster aid following superstorm sandy. now that the shoe is on the other foot, they're asking for billions of dollars in taxpayer support for their constituents. of course we should pass a disaster aid package quickly and without hesitation because it is simply the right thing, and the american people expect us to do it. but just as we're now witnessing the sudden change of heart for disaster relief in certain members of congress, i hope that we will see a similar change of heart in response to the push of certain republicans to unwind the national flood insurance program. with that i yield back the
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balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady's time has expired. members are reminded to refrain from engaging in personalities towards the president. pursuant to clause 12-a of rule 1, the chair declares the house in recess until noon today. >> they worked through four of the eight yesterday and hope to finish the entire package bay the ep of the week. today's action includes over 220 amendments made in order. there will be votes throughout the day and late night is expected in the house. we'll have more live coverage of the house when they gavel back

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